Many thanks for your good wishes, i have just been released from John Radcliffe, a brilliant hospital. On Saturday 1st June i was on my way to meet the VMCC Chiltern section boys to go on a girder fork run, sadly for me i didn't make it. I was doing about 45mph along the A413 in Gerrards Cross the bike was running like clockwork as usual, out of the blue i was thrown from the bike, the results were; i had all my ribs except 1 broken on the left, also my collarbone, my lung was also punctured, my left eyelid and brow needed 15 stitches, the left ankle bone was ground down and needed rebuilding and a skin graft, also my left hand was down to the tendons and also needed a skin graft. I am home now with my leg in a cast and trying not to cough due to the broken ribs, as i was initially in a critical condition, with the possibility of it becoming a fatality the police did a full investigation, photos, measurements etc, and concluded it was the fault of a pot hole, which was repaired straight away. I am really really kicking myself, because if i am riding my old classics or my Triumph speed triple my eyes are constantly scanning the road for pot holes and deep drains etc, this one i missed! I go back to hospital tomorrow to get my plastic surgery checked and hoping to get to see the bike as soon as i am mobile. I am unable to get the bike back until the police have concluded their enquiry and removed the witness appeal signs. Dave Thomas is correct, it is actually a picture of my bike, OFO 805 it was on the Ariel stand at Stafford in 2017, I am praying that the tank is not damaged and looking forward to riding it again. I have learnt two things, to be even more vigilant on pot holes and obstacles and that old people don't bounce very well! Thanks again for your good wishes, Chris Diamond.
1930 SF Sloper, 1949 BSA Bantom, 1953 SQ4, 1954 SQ4, 1956 SQ4 & Steib, Triumph Speedtripple 1050